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Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)
TITLE: A Special Cardiologist
By LaVerda Andres
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Sara watched her doctors’ face across the large oak desk as he looked over her lab results. Even before he spoke she knew in her heart the results were not good. Lately she could hardly walk across the room with out stopping, breathing was difficult, the angina was getting worse; the list of complaints could go on and on.
Her thoughts were interrupted by her doctors’ voice, ‘ I think we had best get a referral and send you to a cardiologist’. She had expected his statement; in her spirit she knew she was slowing dying. ‘OK doctor what ever you think best, I only know I have to start feeling better, I can’t live like this!’ she replied.
The nurse set up the appointment with the cardiologist for Sara and told her as soon as all the cardiology reports were sent to their office someone would call her and set up a follow –up appointment.
Leaving the office Sara prayed to God, ‘God please send me to a cardiologist that can help me, I can’t go on feeling this way.’ Sara was in tears as she got in her car. Depression, anxiety, weight gain, pain, everything had seemed to target her all at once. She couldn’t understand it… wasn’t she doing everything that was expected of her as a Christian woman. how could God allow this to happen to her. What was she doing wrong?
A week had passed when Sara got the call from the Cardiologist office with her appointment time. Sara confirmed the time and prepared her list of complaints and medications to take with her to the appointment. On the day of her appointment Sara filled out all the paper work and was put into an exam room. ’The doctor will be with you shortly Mrs. James’ the nurse said , as she closed the door.
Sara was looking around the room, fighting back tears when the Cardiologist came in the room. He listened and watched Sara intently then finally said, ‘Sara, breath.’
Sara didn’t know what to say, she was breathing. ‘What do you mean breath; I am breathing.’ ‘No, Sara you aren’t, you haven’t taken a deep breath since I came in the room.’ ‘Sara I can’t help you right now, I want you to read two books and then come back to see me in two weeks’.
Sara was taken back…. She only half listened and was filled with anger, ‘Read books!’, she thought. ‘What kind of quack is this doctor, Lord I prayed and trusted you; and you send me to this person!’ Sara left the office furious. She went home and told her husband she would never go back to that doctor.
The next day, Sara thought about the doctors words. Out of curiosity Sara purchased the two books and sat down to read. ‘These better be good’! As she began reading the Holy Spirit began healing her, tears fell like rain. The books talked about forgiveness and how love is letting go of fear. Her mother had just passed away, since her mothers death she had been feuding and harboring anger and hatred for her grandmother,Aunt,even an Uncle. She inherited a grandchild that no one seemed to want or care for. Her husband had been diagnosed with Prostate cancer. She thought everyone and everything was her burden to carry.
Sara cried out to the Lord, she surrendered everything to him, all the things she had been holding on to. The Holy Spirit revealed to her the purpose of the Doctor’s referral of the two books.
Sara made another appointment with the Cardiologist. He smiled when he entered the room. ‘You read the books?’ ‘Yes, and I cried for days’, replied Sara. The doctor reached out and hugged Sara, ‘Now I can help you, when the spirit is healed it is easier to heal the flesh. When you don’t guard your heart and let pain, anger, resentment, jealousy and even things you aren’t aware of fill the chambers of your heart Christ can’t walk in’.
Sara now guards her heart and realizes that God did answer her prayer; He sent her to a Christian Cardiologist that understood the underlying causes of her illness. He listened to the Holy Spirit when it came to matters of the heart. Christ healed Sara, spiritually, emotionally and physcially.
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